Jessica advises trustees and employers on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious pensions issues, including legislative and regulatory compliance, member disputes, funding issues, liability management projects and benefit re-design. Jessica is particularly valued for her ability to communicate technical pensions issues in a clear and simple way.
Jessica enjoys giving training both to internal trustee clients and to wider industry groups. Jessica recently received great feedback on the interactive training she gave to the PLSA on the proposed changes to the Pensions Regulator’s powers. Other recent training topics on which Jessica has given training include GMP equalisation, data protection and transfers.
Jessica also has a particular specialism in pensions tax law and she participates in the APL training programme providing pensions tax training to junior associates across other law firms. She also sits on the legal advisory group of the PLSA.
Jessica "knows our scheme backwards, is very proactive, and has a very good style in terms of explaining things clearly," Legal 500 UK 2019
"Jessica is a star. She communicates complex details succinctly. Her very key strength is her communication skills." Chambers UK 2019
"Provides top-quality advice." Legal 500 UK 2019
Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2006
Advising AGA Rangemaster on the GBP129m recommended cash offer by the Middleby Corporation for the entire issued share capital of AGA Rangemaster.
Advising ICI Pensions Trustee on general day to day, project and technical pensions advice.
Advising Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) on its strategic partnership with Schroders in the wealth, investment and financial planning sector. The parties will enter into an alliance to create a market-leading wealth management proposition which will combine LBG’s significant client base, multi-channel distribution and digital capabilities with Schroders’ investment and wealth management expertise and technology capabilities.
Advising United Glass Pension Plan Trustee on ongoing general pensions advice.
Jessica has a particular interest in children and education and assists with the Firms “Smart Start” programme.
Jessica is a star. She communicates complex details succinctly. Her very key strength is her communication skills.
Chambers UK 2019
Knows our scheme backwards, is very proactive, and has a very good style in terms of explaining things clearly.
Legal 500 UK 2019
Provides top-quality advice.
Legal 500 UK 2019
News & insights
Publications: 09 MARCH 2020
Trustee disclosure requirements on investment governance issues, stewardship and engagement continue to evolve rapidly; the new disclosure requirements that apply from 1 October 2020 will affect some…Read more
Publications: 05 MARCH 2020
Welcome to our quarterly pensions litigation briefing, designed to help pensions managers identify key risks in scheme administration, and trustees update their knowledge and understanding.Read more
Publications: 10 DECEMBER 2019
The trustee boards of many schemes providing DC benefits must prepare an annual governance statement known as the Chair’s Statement. The Pensions Regulator has produced a substantial amount of…Read more
Publications: 01 OCTOBER 2019
1 October 2019 marked the deadline for UK pension schemes to take a step forward in detailing how they take environmental, social and governance issues into account in investment decision-making, and…Read more